March 2021

My latest posting, about an experiment in hybridising art and archaeological excavation at the mill and art centre Melin Glonc in Drefelin, West Wales is now live, The Melin Glonc experiment can be viewed here.

MG 19 Excavation in progress

The Boda map is live. Click here to see some of the results of my deep mapping project Touching Darkness on a residency at The Glass Factory deep in the forests of  Småland, Sweden. For more see the Boda blog, written during the residency. See also my recent posting here.

BEG 975 Black and White Silver gelatin print from Touching Darkness 2019

About My Work

Welcome, this website is an introduction to some of the themes of my research and projects I have been involved with. Most of my projects are long term and presented here in blog form.

Caution Air Curtain Installation piece on site, from the project The Tender Shed 1999

I have extensive experience in both visual art and archaeology, having had parallel and interweaving careers in both professions since the 1990s. Through these investigations I have developed a transdisciplinary practice, using methods from both fields to interpret landscape change in a variety of contexts. These range from artists residences to community archaeology projects, from archaeological excavations to independent and collaborative research projects. I also work as an archaeological photographer specialising in artefacts, with illustrations in over 30 books, numerous journals and reports and a government issue stamp (see here for details of this kind of work).

Heart of Matter Installation piece from the exhibition Touching Darkness (2019). The result of a residency at The Glass Factory, Boda, Småland, Sweden.

My current research interests lie in devising inter and transdisciplinary methodologies to study and interpret landscapes that are undergoing substantive change. This work draws on theories of deep mapping to develop a holistic approach to cultural landscapes in their biophysical settings, to provide novel ways of narrating geographies about spaces and places that may well be contested.

Tree fall #5 Visit #1 (2012) from the Continuum project

In 2015 I completed a doctoral research project (title:- In Flux; Land, Photography and Temporality) at Northampton University (2011-2015). Prior to this, I studied an M. A. in Documentary Photography at The Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport (2005 – 2007). My academic studies began at the University of Sunderland, with Fine Art (Sculpture and Photography) B.A.(Hons) graduating in 1991.

Artworks are available to purchase, most can be printed to order within specific requirements, contact me for further details.

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